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  Yellow Shouldered Ladybird (Apolinus lividigaster)





Yellow Shouldered Ladybird | Apolinus lividigaster photo
Yellow Shouldered Ladybird

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Yellow Shouldered Ladybird | Apolinus lividigaster photo
Yellow Shouldered Ladybird pupa on milkweed leaf

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Yellow Shouldered Ladybird | Apolinus lividigaster photo
close up of Yellow Shouldered Ladybird pupa

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Yellow Shouldered Ladybird | Apolinus lividigaster photo
On the left is a pupa starting to split before the ladybird emerges. On the right is a newly emerged ladybird - the ladybird is yellow when it first emerges from the pupa. It turns black a few hours later.

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Yellow Shouldered Ladybird | Apolinus lividigaster photo
These are same two specimens as in previous shot. After a few hours the ladybird on the right has turned black. Another yellow ladybird has emerged from the pupa on the left.

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Yellow Shouldered Ladybird | Apolinus lividigaster photo
Yellow Shouldered Ladybirds mating

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Yellow Shouldered Ladybird is a small black beetle with a yellow patch on each side of the thorax. Some also have yellow on the head. The wings are covered with fine hairs. The pupae are oval shaped and mostly white with brown markings near each end.

Size
3mm

Food
Adults and larvae feed on aphids.

Breeding
Females lay a batch creamy yellow eggs on the surface of a leaf.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Coccinellidae
Genus:Apolinus
Species:lividigaster
Common Name:Yellow Shouldered Ladybird